"Suicide Machine" as written by Jeffery Dimpsey, Tim Lash, Bryan St. Pere and Matt Talbott....
Sleep comes to everyone while we wait for the Sunday afternoons
Sleep comes to everyone, everyone maybe yeah, but you
Sleep comes to everyone while we wait, wide awake and blue
Sleep comes to everyone, everyone maybe, yeah, but me and you

And so I give myself away, to everybody everyday
And so I give myself to you, and you need it more than I do
And so I give myself away, unto everybody everyday
And so I give myself to you, and you need it more than I do

Sleep comes to everyone while we wait for the Sunday afternoons
And sleep comes to everyone, everyone maybe, yeah, but you
And I had this one figured out, that's why the suicide machine is built for two
A simple sick device devised to overload on love
To bring us colored dreams and sound tracked waves of fun

And so I give myself away, to everybody everyday
And so I give myself to you, and you need it more than I do
And so I give myself away, to everybody everyday
And so I give myself to you, and you need it more than I do

Sleep comes to no one else like we have falling through the ground,
Fulfilling promises of endless summer nights, I'm losing ground, you're losing sound
Somewhere through a thousand blues a dragonfly descends with just a whisper,
"I'm lonelier than God"
And all my wishes spin the fishes in the air and every one
A different shade of you

And to the left where up is down now stands a zebra
Made of shapes of me, and silver and the sun
So bring no guilt with you up above the flat line
Let's just hit the sky exploding into one


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"Suicide Machine" as written by Jeffery Dimpsey Bryan St. Pere

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  • +1
    General CommentOne of the best Hum songs on this planet
    B18CXon February 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite HUM song.

    My favorite part of this song is the last stanza, that starts with "somewhere through a thousand blues. . ." His voice is usually the calm, unmoving center of a symphonic storm of rock, but when he sings this it sounds as if he's been swept up into the sky and can't help but let his voice be drawn into the music he's made.

    The song makes me think of two people that are holding each other up and loving each other, even as they inadvertantly drag each other down, perhaps without even realizing it...such a beautiful song.
    Blackbutterflion April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOne of the greatest songs not only by Hum, but any band, period. Like Gubar69 said above, calm and beautiful vocally. Musically it meanders through quiet and stark moments that build in intensity to the infamous Hum "wall of sound" without ever picking up tempo. Lyrically it's pure poetry.

    To me this song is about love between two people that is so intense and overwhelming, that the two become one (suicide of the individual partners as they become one) ref: "that's why the suicide machine is built for two, a simple sick device devised to overload on love" and "let's just hit the sky exploding into one".
    So intense that they've lost all sense of direction: "and to the left where up is down"; their world is literally turned upsidedown.
    cdaleman81on October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about one person and one person only. It's about two parts of the same person. It's written from a very interesting perspective and that is himself speaking about the part he's upset with and wants to change. He wants to end the sleeplessness, he wants time for himself, and he doesn't want to feel any guilt about making this change. The suicide machine is built for two(the two parts of himself). After they are dead he will leave behind the guilt and the two parts will become one.

    From the interviews I've seen of Matt Talbot, this sort of introversion fits him perfectly and a lot of other vocal artists as well. This is a great song. All of the imagery and symbolism is there to make this song decipherable. It's not a sad song or about someone literally committing suicide. It's actually a song about looking at yourself, wanting to make a change, and having hope for the future.
    Dixie_Normason December 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree... It defies all translation and just simply is...
    To me it's about undying love and trying to grasp the feelings you get when you're with the person you love...
    kaisuteon June 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's about someone loving some other so much that you cannot possibly be without them, to the point that it even feels like it could kill you to be without that person. One of my favourite Hum songs.
    suicide_machineon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a great song, so calm and beautiful. I think the guys from Hum kick ass.
    Gubur69on May 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI wrote a paper on this song my freshman year in college. I never got the paper back and don't remember what I wrote, except that it was wrong.
    Many of Hum's songs from this album are about drinking, and this song is no exception.
    There is also an element of love, but that love seems to be immersed in alcohol.
    bocmaximaon June 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActaully, this song is about sleeping on sunday afternoons. Matt said that him and his girlfriend couldn't sleep during the nights and they fed off each others imsomina. He said that the best sleep he ever had was one sunday afternoon with his girlfriend on thier couch whilst watching football. So here is my thought on the lyrics

    "sleep comes to everyone while we wait for the sunday afternoons
    sleep comes to everyone, everyone baby, yeah, but you
    sleep comes to everyone while we wait, wide awake and blue
    sleep comes to everyone, everyone baby, yeah, but me and you"

    This part obviously relates to thier sleeping problems.

    "and so i give myself away to everybody everyday
    and so i give myself to you and you need it more than i do"
    Have no idea what this means?

    "sleep comes to everyone while we wait for the sunday afternoons
    sleep comes to everyone, everyone baby, yeah, but you
    and i have this one figured out,
    that's why the suicide machine is built for two
    a simple sick device devised to overload on love
    to bring us colored dreams and soundtracked waves of fun"

    To me the suicide machine is infact the sofa they fell asleep on. Sucide= meaning going to sleep. Machine = the sofa itself. So the sucide machine gives them sleep and gives them clored dreams. Also this can be backed up with how its built for two and how Matt said how they both fell asleep on the sofa together.


    "
    sleep comes to no one else like we have falling through the ground
    fulfilling promises of endless summer nights
    i'm losing ground, you're losing sound
    somewhere through a thousand blues a dragonfly descends with just a whisper
    i'm lonelier than god, and all my wishes spin the fishes in the air
    and everyone a different shade of you
    and to the left where up is down
    now stand a zebra made of shapes of me and silver and the sun
    so bring no guilt with you up above the flatline
    let's just hit the sky exploding into one"

    And this last part is how Matt as fianlly been able to get to sleep and him telling us about his dream.

    Hope that clears everything up for the hum fans!!
    Kyebon July 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love HUM; they’ve been my favorite band since 1994, and I still listen to their albums monthly (usually on a road trip since they’re great from start to finish).

    Back in college, I dissected “You’d Prefer an Astronaut” as term paper for an English comp class (we had to pick a piece of literature, and I argued the lyrics were poetry; the prof agreed). I no longer have the paper, but I still recall the gist of it.

    For as beautiful and ethereal as the lyrics are, the album tells a relatively simple but heartfelt story of a relationship’s inception, duration and aftermath. In short:
    Little Dipper — two “star-crossed lovers” get together despite parental disapproval

    The Pod — This relationship used to rock, but now it’s full of drug-related drama

    Stars — The girl is becoming disillusioned, feeling that she’s missed better opportunities in life because of the choice to be together; resentment builds

    The Suicide Machine — this is the man’s perspective. He feels like he’s stuck in a boring rut of the same old B.S.; drugs help him cope.

    Very Old Man — the decision is made to break up. Ironically, the climax of the story is “softly recorded”

    Why I like the Robins — After the break-up, the woman is hoping that all the guys who used to want her still will. The guy just wants to sleep around.

    I’d Like your Hair Long — He’s annoyed and conflicted because he wants her back, but not the way she was. He’s angry that she wasn’t what he expected.

    I Hate it Too — meaningless sex isn’t as awesome as it sounds; he misses her.

    Songs of Farewell and Departure — this is kinda like when a play has a narrator who leaves the audience with some final thoughts about the “moral of the story” that was just told.
    So, the last few songs are almost like the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Eventually, the guy copes and is alright.
    MattD1980on April 07, 2011   Link

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